Kesha & Bob Dylan Reimagine Classic Songs for Same-Sex Couples

Lawrence Kim
April 6, 2018

Executive Producer Rob Kaplan told The New York Times that Dylan, for one, was eager to take part in the project.

The songs on the compilation album are "intended to function as wedding anthems for same-sex couples" and come at a time when queer pop stars are beginning to use same-sex pronouns in their music. St Vincent performs "And Then She Kissed Me", a gender-swap version of the Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me", while Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard offers "And I Love Him", a twist on the Beatles' classic "And I Love Her". Since the Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country, Kesha has become ordained and has performed at weddings for two gay couples. Bloc Party leader Kele Okereke then sings the Temptations' "My Girl" as a solo acoustic "My Guy". June told the NYT that though the song's original writer, Noël Coward, was gay, his 1932 version couldn't reflect that due to homophobia. "For years I said that I'm not getting married until any two people can legally marry in this country", she said - and is now an ordained minister who has Wednesday to two gay couples.

Dylan, who does not appear to have spoken out in favour of gay rights in the past, declined to be interviewed.

Mr. Dylan's warm and wry performance captures the mix of wit and sincerity favored by songs from the American standards era.

Mr. Kaplan said that when he contacted Mr. Dylan, he got a very quick yes. "And it wasn't just 'yes, I'll do this, '" he said.

Universal Love was unveiled Thursday, featuring the artists as they switch up the pronouns in numerous classic love songs. However, while in the past this has been the norm, a new wave of younger pop artists like Frank Ocean have been challenging this.

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